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My dissertation will be on how you can portray a dystopian atmosphere in a film. To do this I need to do research in a wide range of media. From;

  • Illustrations
  • Novels
  • Films
  • Cinematography Books
  • Directing Books 
  • Art Works

The easiest thing to do is just to analyse a piece of film and describe what is going on ie the scenery , how the camera moves etc… however I want to go deeper than that. A true understanding of the dystopian movement in the media that I am researching. I have a vast amount of work that I want to cover with my research but these are the most influential to my studies; 

1984

 

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1984 – After The Atomic War the world is divided into three states. London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. Winston Smith is one of the bureaucrats, rewriting history in one of the departments. One day he commits the crime of falling in love with Julia. They try to escape Big Brother’s listening and viewing devices, but, of course, nobody can really escape…

 

 

Brave New World 

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Brave New World – Brave New World is set primarily in London of 2540 AD, though a portion of the novel transpires in the New Mexico Savage Reservation. The world is now governed as one state. This futuristic setting is home to a very technologically advanced society in which people are engineered to be born as members of one of five different castes. The technology utilized in this society plays a very significant role in the novel.

 

Anthem 

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Anthem –  is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, andsocialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.

 Blade Runner

Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to Earth seeking their maker.

Book of Eli

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Book Of Eli – A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

These are a very select few of the research I will cover to help understand the society and atmosphere created within these dystopian worlds. 

As I look into these Novels and other media I will update the blog with my findings and analyse what I have seen and give my own views.

 

 

So I am enjoying my summer however that does not mean the end of University. We need to get ready for next year. One of our modules next year is to do a dissertation on any topic of our liking ( hopefully something loosely linked with architecture).

I really enjoy the architecture visualization side of architecture so I want to focus on something to do with film making. I have noticed that lots of architecture students… especially Master students tend to have images and drawings that reflect a dystopian atmosphere.

This was found a lot at the 2011 presidents medals which can be found here; http://www.presidentsmedals.com/winners_list.aspx?w=0&dop=1&m=0&part=1&page=1&year=2011

The winner titled  “Robots of Brixton” by Kibwe Tavares Potrays a Dystopia future where Brixton is overpopulated with Robots which are under tight control from the Robot Police which is reminiscent of the Brixton in 1981 which evoked the infamous Riots

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I love the use of the dystopian world as it give a depth of meaning and an atmosphere which you can not create with a blue sunny sky and clean lines.

However Patrik Schumacher believes architect student are taking a wrong turn believing that they are making up a fake world and do not concentrate on problems of the present time. you can see his review here : http://www.architectural-review.com/schumacher-slams-british-architectural-education/8625659.article

Although I believe students should focus on the problems in the present climate such as green energy and overpopulation, a dystopian future is an ideal world in which you can solve the problem in. A future where the problems we face today have been extrapolated and multiplied to the extent that society has fallen into disrepair. Although a morbid vision – It gives the student an opportunity to come up with extreme and radical solutions to a problem that when “tamed” can be brought back to solve the problems of everyday.

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You can see it like fashion. Designers have very radical and extreme designs that they present at London fashion week. These clothes would rarely be seen on someone walking down the high street. However the essence of what the designer is trying to bring into today’s world is taken in by other designers and is watered down into a more suitable piece of clothing which people feel comfortable wearing.

It is currently 1:30 pm on a hot afternoon at the end of June 2013 where I begin this blog. its the summer Just getting over the stress of getting results for my second year of architecture school at the University of Kent , England. I was excited that I received a 1st for my work as last year I only managed to receive a 2:2 which is a little disappointing as I put in as much effort into my work as I did this year. I have decided to put this blog together for people who maybe looking into doing architecture and for them to have a little read and realize that there is a lot of wonder in the world of architecture. I Will focus on my day to day  work as a student so I apologize in advance if it is hard to read at some points. I am also writing this blog for myself as well so that I can put down on paper (type on word press) my thoughts on different topics and areas so that they do not drift from my mind. Hopefully in the future I can get a camera or webcam so I can update this with some Vlogs. Anyway lets get started with the blog